Sviatoshynsko–Brovarska line

The Sviatoshynsko–Brovarska line (Ukrainian: Святошинсько-Броварська лінія) is the first line of the Kyiv Metro, dating back to 1960.[1] It includes some of the system's more historically significant stations, like Arsenalna, which at 105.5 meters[2] is the deepest in the world and the next station Dnipro, which although the tunnel follows a descent, appears above ground level.

Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska line
Kyiv Metro Line 1.svg
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LocaleKyiv, Ukraine
TypeRapid transit
SystemKyiv Metro
Operator(s)Kyivskyi Metropoliten
Opened6 November 1960; 62 years ago (6 November 1960)[1]
Line length22.64 km (14.07 mi)
Track gauge1,520 mm (4 ft 11+2732 in)
Electrification750 V DC (third rail)
Route map

Ukrainian Railways
Ukrainian Railways
Politekhnichnyi Instytut
Rusanivs'kyi Kanal
Light Rail
Darnytsia Depot-1

All of the stations on the eastern bank of the Dnieper river are either ground or above ground level, this attributed to a similar experiment like Moscow's Filyovskaya line. Here the warmer Ukrainian climate prevented the stations there from being severely deteriorated, which was why extensions in 1968 and 1979 were kept from going underground. The five original stations are extremely beautiful in architecture and decoration as they managed to survive Nikita Khrushchev's struggle with decorative "extras".

The Svyatoshynsko–Brovarska line cuts Kyiv on an east–west axis and presently comprises 18 stations. It is usually coloured red on the maps.



Segment[3] Date opened Length
VokzalnaDnipro November 6, 1960 5.24 km
VokzalnaShuliavska November 5, 1963 3.24 km
DniproDarnytsia November 5, 1965 4.15 km
DarnytsiaChernihivska November 4, 1968 1.32 km
ShuliavskaSviatoshyn November 5, 1971 4.23 km
ChernihivskaLisova December 5, 1979 1.22 km
Teatralna November 6, 1987 N/A
SviatoshynAkademmistechko May 24, 2003 3.25 km
Total: 18 stations 22.64 km

Name changesEdit

Station Previous name(s) Years
Sviatoshyn Sviatoshyno 1971–1991
Beresteiska Zhovtneva 1971–1993
Shuliavska Zavod Bilshovyk 1963–1993
Teatralna Leninska 1987–1993
Chernihivska Komsomolska 1968–1993
Lisova Pionerska 1979–1993


  1. Akademmistechko
  2. Zhytomyrska
  3. Sviatoshyn
  4. Nyvky
  5. Beresteiska
  6. Shuliavska
  7. Politekhnichnyi Instytut
  8. Vokzalna
  9. Universytet
  10. TeatralnaZoloti Vorota  
  11. KhreshchatykMaidan Nezalezhnosti  
  12. Arsenalna
  13. Dnipro
  14. Hydropark
  15. Livoberezhna
  16. Darnytsia
  17. Chernihivska
  18. Lisova


Traditional Soviet metro planning stipulated the creation of the first line, which would at some point in the future be expanded and crossed by future planned lines. Specifically, the Sviatoshynsko–Brovarska line has two transfer stations, although a couple more are planned for connection to future perspective lines of the metro system:

# Transfer to At
  Obolonsko–Teremkivska line Khreshchatyk
  Syretsko–Pecherska line Teatralna

Rolling stockEdit

A modernised train of the E-family on the Sviatoshynsko–Brovarska line

The line is served by the Darnytsia depot (No. 1) although before 1965, a converted tram depot located under the Dnipro station was used, after the completion of the Metro Bridge, the depot was dismantled. Currently 28 five-carriage train sets are assigned to the line. Most of them are type E, Ezh, Ezh1, Em-501 and Ema-502 built during the late 1960s and the early 1970s. The line was once served by carriages of type D, which were later given to Saint Petersburg metro. In 2014, some of the trains were refurbished and converted into type 81-7080/7081 or E-KM, with new engines, interior and exterior.

Future plansEdit

Since the line has the oldest stations in the system, some show heavy marks from nearly half a century of exploitation and need for renovations. This includes replacement of escalators, lighting and in some cases the decoration. In particular, this concerns the surface stations which are exposed to weather elements. One of the which is Darnytsia which in the future is to become an important transfer station for three lines, has recently undergone a complete reconstruction, with an addition of a new western entrance.

Other projects include additional new entrances for Vokzalna and a planned one for Teatralna.


  1. ^ a b Kyiv Metro Subway celebrates 58th anniversary on Nov 6, UNIAN (6 November 2018)
  2. ^ "Arsenalna". Kyiv Metropoliten (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Sviatoshynsko–Brovarska line: Chronology of construction". Kyiv Metropoliten (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 14 April 2014.

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